Whales face more challenges as our oceans become increasingly crowded and noisy. In addition to commercial whaling, pollution, entanglement in fishing gear, collisions with high-speed vessels, ocean noise and climate change all threaten whales’ survival.
IFAW’s whales programme is actively engaged with helping to find solutions to a number of these challenges.
Our work includes:
Collaborating with government, academia, scientists and many others to develop an iPad/iPhone application that can be used to detect the presence of North Atlantic right whales and to avoid the ship strikes that often kill them.
Conducting research into the deadly effects of ocean noise on marine mammals and advising decision-makers how to turn down the volume;
Working with the fishing industry to develop whale-friendly fishing gear and expert disentanglement teams who risk their lives to save whales;
Working with governments and industry to change shipping lanes and reduce ship speeds in critical whale habitat.